This is how it will work:

  • If you are sick in any way, DO NOT go out for a cleanup.
  • Assemble your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): face mask, gloves, and make sure to wear close-toed shoes to protect against sharp objects.
  • Everyone is encouraged to volunteer on their own each Saturday in September.
  • Download the Clean Swell app (available for free on all platforms) to keep track of what you pick up and how many people participated with you.
  • Use the name of  CIBC when entering the data into the Clean Swell app in the Group name function in the app.  
  • Unfortunately, the CIBC will not be facilitating an on the water cleanup this year.

To protect your health and slow the spread of the coronavirus, please follow the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, available here:

In addition to the CDC guidelines, the Coastal Commission recommends the following practices for cleaning up litter and other debris:


  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from everyone you encounter, even if you are wearing a mask.
  • ALWAYS wear gloves – disposable if available - and dispose of or wash them immediately after your cleanup.
  • Avoid touching any surfaces like railings, benches, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not pick up sharp objects, especially syringes!
  • If you clean up a local beach or waterway, be mindful of the conditions (such as high tide, sneaker wave warnings, etc.), and be careful near the water’s edge.
  • Keep a safe distance from all wildlife!
  • Unfortunately, you may find used gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) among litter. DO NOT PICK UP ANY PPE without a grabber. Put all PPE litter in a separate disposable bag.

After Cleanup

  • Dispose of wash gloves immediately after your cleanup. To properly remove disposable gloves, grab the glove opening near your wrist and pull towards your fingers, then turn the glove inside out before disposing of. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible, and use hand sanitizer in the meantime if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Show us your cleanup! Post your pictures using our “Protect Your Happy Place” filter on Instagram and Facebook and see how your community is participating.
  • Contact the CIBC ( with the following information
    • In the Subject line use CCD 2020
    • Estimated total pounds of trash collected
    • Estimated total pounds of recyclables
    • Number of people who participated in your clean up event
    • The number of vessels used on the water (if any).